Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Re: genetic engineering arriving very soon: That sounds pessimistically slow, actually. I fully expect the first round of genetic engineering to happen in my lifetime. I also expect that round to be basically "The genepool needs some bleach" - that...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    So.. just finished it. Uhm. Gosh, are god skeletons made of lead? Because that is really taking "hive of scum and villainy to the next level....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If I was designing a cheap tank killer, I would not try to defeat the armor, I would.. attempt to formulate a gas or air-borne particulate which did a number on combustion engines. A tank with a dead engine is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The point is that Iran has agency, and while the details of past couple of years are godsdamn demented, the kind of future noone plans for, "The war hawks in Washington gets their way and then the US attacks us"...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Theory is that the stockpile exists for the sole purpose of carrier killing, because carriers are the keystone of us force projection. They dont need radar for that, they just need radio - the carrier is an air-field. It is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ... You know what, I am going to put this out there just so I can say "I told you so" in the event this little scenario plays out. A Few Points: 1:Russia no longer has a surface navy worth...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The entire point of the giant kelp planting (beyond harvesting it) is that it oxygenates the water. So, no, its not growing in anoxic waters, but it is creating its own area of oxygenated, less acidic, water...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I mentioned seaweed and mussels specificially because those can be grown in anoxic waters without external food inputs - you plant giant seaweed, which oxygenates the local waters, grow bi-valves on ropes, harvest both weed and meat-plants. Waters do need...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Iran is pretty well convinced the CIA is sabotaging their space program - That tweet of the keyhole photos of their unsceduled disassembly of launch vehicle last year was a text-book "overly specific denial". That is one obvious area where...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Seeing a lot of "This is Corbins fault going around", but honestly, this just looks like Murdoc getting what he has worked on for 20+ years. Labor got its teeth kicked in whereever leave support was strong. Not sure there...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Proliferation is not a technological problem, it is a political one. IAEA safeguards and guards with guns work fine for CANDU reactors (which are aproximately the platonic ideal of a reactor with dual-purpose potential). They will work fine for any...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    ... Lets see. I do not really believe in long-term grid storage see: Many previous postings. But a hundred billion is enough to get a reactor design into series production and to the point where cost savings should materialize. Also....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Something occurs to me. The fixed term parliament act means there is not going to be an election unless the Tories are convinced they can win it. Have you considered the possibility that Corbyn is *deliberately* tanking the polls? Because...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Pelosi had no choice. It does not really matter what the optics are, she cannot allow the incumbent to coerce foreign states into ratfucking the election in his favor - that would turn the election into a farce with nation-levelmsecurity...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    1999 is in my Killfile on grounds of either being an Eugene Ghostman or too insane to be worth engaging with. So, well. Cant consider....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Pure water + steel: Steel lasts forever. Pure salt + steel, steel lasts forever. Salt, water and steel: Heap of junk in 3 months. The corrosion tests done with insufficiently pure salts are terrifying. Currently the purification is done in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    $20/kWh ($2/10^3 Wh). Error here there are a thousand wh in a kwh, so $20/10^3 Wh or $2/10^4 Wh 480 mil is right. 80 % is a guess, but it may in fact be more than the physical limits...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Obvious typo is obvious. 480 mil. Not quite that many zeros. Note that the reason molten salts do not already own all storage markets is that this math only works out if you are storing heat. A reactor, or solar...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ... O.o Molten salt storage uses some of the most abundant and readily available materials on earth, but you cant use them raw, without turning your system into scrap in short order. You have to bake them dry in a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I am having difficulty crediting you with good faith here. Mentioning thermal storage and seasonal storage in the same context makes me.. Twichy. You are committing a really, really severe scale error. Molten salt heat storage is a super neat...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Again, the localism thing is, near as I can tell, natural gas Astro-Turf. Not super confident about this - tracking the origins of a meme is goddess accursed hard, but I have seen a scary amount of fossil fuel funding...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The just reform is to time limit this shit. It should not take ten years to decide if a case has merit. The strategy is to add costs via delay, which is clearly also undemocratic - where is the popular...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    They are not frivolous, they are malicious. All nuke projects in the US get sued. If it was about the specifics of any given project, this would not be the case, but it is not. You want to split atoms...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Finland already ordered one....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    As I said, the prime point is that modular, meaning "Movable" nuke plants dont have to care about pr much. Akademik Lomonosov is a good example of what I mean. Greenpeace did a huge round of pr attack against it....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The reason molten salt is favored for breeders is that there is nothing breakable in the highest flux zone. A fast-spectrum molten salt reactor is, basically, just a tankful of salts of carefully selected size and neutron reflectors on the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ..... Because that factory is entirely automated, and has no raw materials costs? FFS Gasdive, make arguments that are not utterly facially ridiculous, please? The cost of a solar installation is the cost of the production and ultimate disposal/recycling of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Samofar and Samosafer puts out a bunch of papers on all this: State of the research seems to be that molten salt plumbing is perfectly doable, but you need to keep it both dry, and in a reducing state (meaning...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The localism argument is bloody well nonsense. The first, and cheapest way to make solar/wind more useful is interconnects, so you are not dependent on the vagaries of a single micro-climate. Without that ability to move power between locations, storage...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    China is building a molten salt test reactor. Not a very large one, and they are not in any way running any pr blitz for it, but they are planning to split atoms, and the papers submitted from them to...
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